By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic
As some families take down Christmas decorations on New Year’s Day, Holy Family Catholic Church in Lawton will be beginning to celebrate some of the most important dates on the Church calendar.
Following Christmas Day is The Feast of the Holy Family, The Solemnity of Mary, The Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord.
The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma was established in 1965 by Bishop Victor Reed as a vehicle for Catholics to make specific gifts to the Catholic Church in Oklahoma.
It is a support organization of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City with a mission to seek and receive gifts for the endowment and capital needs of the archdiocese, to manage those assets and to distribute the principal, earnings and growth from those assets for the needs of the Catholic Church of central and western Oklahoma.
Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School students collected a record breaking 107,780 pounds of canned goods during the annual Canned Food Drive project. The food drive is sponsored by the Oklahoma City Regional Food Bank and provides food to Oklahoma families in need of help and assistance. Bishop McGuinness has been involved in the Canned Food Drive since its inception in 1988.
By Carole Brown
Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship
Not quite 40 years ago, a small Vatican document was published that, for a time, sent the world into gales of laughter and mockery of the Church. Published in 1968, “Humanae Vitae” counseled her children and the world with a prescient description of the danger that would be unleashed by the wide scale adoption of contraceptive practices.
To be precise, there were five dangers outlined in the document. The document predicted that the widespread use of contraception would lead to an increase in marital infidelity; the general lowering of moral standards; men would forget the reverence due to a woman, and “reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.” Finally, and most dangerously, governments and public authorities would see fit to impose their use on everyone as a problem-solving measure.
Her memorial is Christmas Day!
By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry
Of all days to be assigned a memorial in the Church’s liturgical calendar this saint was assigned Dec. 25. I doubt many parishes celebrate her memorial. Somebody else seems to take all the attention because of his birthday.
On the other hand, she is one of only seven women to be mention, after the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first Eucharistic Prayer, also known as The Roman Canon. Just before the end, before the concluding doxology, during the Commemoration of the Dead and the intercessions, the part of the prayer where we remember that the Eucharist is celebrated in communion with heaven and earth, and that our offering of the Body and Blood of Christ is made for all her redeemed and saved members, both living and deceased, it is there that eight men and seven women martyrs are mentioned.
By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic
A good cookbook is the gift that keeps on giving; its recipes can be enjoyed the whole year. Cookbooks also can be used to prepare holiday meals that are surely a celebration, and some cookbooks feature food as gifts that can be wrapped and packed and shipped.
Catholic Extension Column
Over the past three months, our hearts have been broken and challenged to stretch wide to serve the many people affected by disasters.
In late August, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana, killing at least 82 people and causing $75 billion in damage. In early September, Hurricane Irma caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean – including the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Cuba – before heading toward Florida and inflicting more damage there.
WASHINGTON D.C. – More than 150 youth from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City joined Archbishop Coakley at this year's National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. The teens traveled from OKC, Harrah, Elk City, Enid, Midwest City, Edmond, Moore, Yukon, Chandler and Shawnee. The NCYC is the largest biennial gathering of Catholic teenagers in the country.
This year’s event titled “CALLED / LLAMADOS” was produced and presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, featuring top national Catholic speakers, performers and musicians.
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation's faith communities and how they interact with their members.
"Without open internet principles that prohibit paid prioritization, we might be forced to pay fees to ensure that our high-bandwidth content receives fair treatment on the internet," said Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, Vt.
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) -- Before ending his visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis turned to the nation's young Catholics, urging them to pursue lives of faith, hope and love.
Celebrating Mass Nov. 30 in Yangon's St. Mary's Cathedral, the pope asked the youths to serve their tiny church and their struggling nation with prayer, solidarity and a defense of human rights.